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Stuart B. Cooper Endowed Chair in Photography

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MICA photography staff bring diverse interests and creative focus to the department through a range of methodologies and technical processes. Each member of our staff has unique specialities they bring to the table as well as a broad understanding of every process used in the curriculum and piece of equipment in our labs, checkout, and more. 

Additionally, they are working artists, freelance creatives, working in many capacities. Our staff is here to help you whether it's understanding equipment, process, or providing an extra set of eyes. Uniquely to other institutions the photography department is always staffed by a working professional when it's open. 



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Jefferson Steele 

Department Manager


- Analog King, Digital lover -

Jefferson Jackson Steele graduated from MICA with his BFA in Photography in 1992. Shortly after graduation, he began working at the Baltimore City Paper in the Production Department. Within two years, he began taking photographs for the City Paper as a freelance photographer. During his 20+ years working as a freelancer, he completed assignments for such varied clients as the Baltimore City Paper, DC City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, Baltimore Magazine, Style Magazine, The Source, Maxim, Details, Esquire, GQ Italy, MICA, JHU, Paramount Pictures, Fine Line Features, Tooth & Nail Records, and many more. Jefferson’s work has been recognized with awards in journalism, editorial, and advertising. 

Jefferson began his work as an adjunct photography instructor at Hagerstown Community College where he taught for two years. He then took a job at Stevenson University as the Photo Lab Manager, and he taught classes as an adjunct photography instructor for seven years. Jefferson then returned to MICA, to give back to the community that gave him so many opportunities.

Jefferson has been the Photography Lab Manager at MICA since 2016. He works in digital and analog formats, and has a deep knowledge of darkroom processes. He has always loved to travel, and has started micro-philanthropy projects in Cambodia and Morocco after visiting. 


Analog Capture and Printing, Studio Lighting, Alternative Process, Digital Photography, Artist's Books & Book Binding, Negative Scanning, Digital Printing and more

Photography styles and working methods:

Photojournalism, Editorial, Studio, Portrait, Event, Travel, Music  


Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, Silverfast, FlexColor, and more

Heather Braxton 

Assistant Manager 

- Digital Magician, ALt Pro Lover -





Photo by Nate Larson

Heather Braxton is a Baltimore-based artist, teacher, and activist. She earned her Bachelors of Art in Photography, Graphic Design, and Fine Arts from Western Connecticut State University. In 2016, she earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Photographic and Electronic Media from Maryland Institute College of Art. She currently teaches photography at Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art Open Studies, and Oldfields School. Largely her work focuses on social, political and/or personal boundaries and takes form in photography, video, text, printmaking, book, and installation. 

She volunteers her free time with local non-profits. She helps Emma Mattson run Womyn's Photography Baltimore, a non-profit collective devoted to creating a safe space for marginalized voices in photography and furthering access, resources, and knowledge of photography to the greater Baltimore community. 


Analog Capture and Printing, Digital Capture and Manipulation, Alternative Process, Book Making and Sequencing, Negative Scanning, Digital Printing, Cats, Alternative Digital Printing, Calibration, Website Building, Graphic Design, and more

Photography styles and working methods:

Landscape, Portrait, Performance, Feminist, Boundaries 


Photoshop, Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Silverfast, FlexColor, Processing, and more

Logan Schoeberlein 

Photography Department Assistant 

- Master of Precision!




Logan W.Schoeberlein is a fine artist and photographer working in Baltimore, MD. Born in 1996, he holds a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked as a commercial photographer’s assistant, a custom art framer, and a darkroom manager and instructor for UMBC College Park Art and Learning Resource Center. 

Introduced to photography by his father, a local commercial photographer/assistant, as a young child, Logan has fostered an interest in the art form for his entire life. Making the decision to pursue Photography while 17, Logan received a scholarship from the Maryland Institute College of Art to pursue his studies. Logan’s work contains visual and written components as well as recontextualizing his own family’s photographic history by means of keeping a large and developing archive of photographs, writings, and documents.


Analog Capture and Printing, Digital Capture and Printing, Alternative Process, Framing/Mounting, Negative Scanning,  Digital Retouching, Bookbinding, Calibration, and more

Photography styles and working methods:

Landscape, Portraiture, Re-examining the American Photographic Traditions, Archiving, Ideas around Home.


Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Silverfast, FlexColor, and more

Derrick Cullen  

Photography Department Assistant

- Jack of all trades, poetic wordsmith, Resident buddhist-


Derrick James Cullen earned his Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design from Stevenson University in 2014. While there, he specialized in book design and typography, installation art, and analogue processes. Derrick served as the Assistant Studio Manager for the School of Design there for three years following graduation, concentrating on Letterpress Printing, Silkscreen, Studio Arts, and Film & Digital Photography.

Derrick currently works as a Letter Press Operator/Printer’s Devil locally at Write Notepads & Company, in addition to his work with the Institute. Mainly operating a circa 1960s Original Heidelberg Platen Press (Windmill), he also assists with book manufacturing and cover design.

Derrick has been shooting film photography for more than a decade. He insists on photographing all freelance work on film and sound recording on Compact Cassette. He has never owned a smart phone. He believes these measures preserve his soul. Derrick is a practicing Buddhist in the Nyingma tradition and once traveled to Haiti to serve as an interpreter for a birdwatching expedition.

His artistic works have been exhibited or published in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Frederick, Maryland; Baltimore City; and are held in private collections.


Contemplative multidisciplinary installation, travel photography, artistic monographs, expressionistic addenda, ecstatic sensorial lenses, the spiritual experience.

styles and working methods

Analogue capture of aesthetic moments, recitation in the Prophetic Voice, 35mm, 120, and four-by-five still photography, Super 8mm Film, Compact Cassette audio recording, expressionist two-dimensional arts, audiovisual installations, sculpture.


InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, Lightroom, et cetera.

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